December 20, 2008

i've been converted

My cheese of choice has always been pepper jack, and the spicier, the better. If a dish in a restaurant is festooned with cheddar or blue or (gasp) feta cheese, I'll ask for replacement pepper jack or no cheese at all. It's true.


I'll now add brie to my list of acceptable cheeses, because if it's always as good as that made by President, I'll like it just fine.

The kind folks at President offered to send me a log of their brie, and I gladly accepted. When it arrived, I was delighted to find that they had included some crackers and cranberry relish as well. Such generosity!


I opted to share my bounty with my co-workers at our holiday luncheon. After sampling the combination of crisp cracker, smooth and tangy brie, and sweet, tart relish, I regretted that decision. It was delicious--those folks know what they're doing.


Unfortunately for me, my co-workers are like vultures and there wasn't a shred left for me to bring home. Fortunately for me, I know where to find more President brie and can recreate this little appetizer in no time at all. For more ideas, you can check out Robin Sue's post on her blog Big Red Kitchen or see what Veronica of Supermarket Serenade did with her log o' brie.

58 comments:

CookiePie said...

Ooooh yum - I bet it's fantastic with that relish. Delish!

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kat said...

Oh yeah that is one tasty little snack

Tiffany said...

I enjoy brie, too. It is especially good with jam, like you served it.

Have you ever tried triple creme cheese? My new favorite is one called Delice d' Argental. It's a French triple creme cheese that has been infused with creme fraiche. Talk about gooey, runny, deliciousness!

Rachael said...

Yummy...I saw that cheese on another blog and I have been meaning to look for it at Wegmans. I think I get sidetracked by all the other fantastic cheeses in their cheese shop though!

It looks very good the way you have served it :-)

Dawn said...

I love brie. And weren't you the lucky little devil to get that new one. I'm so glad it's easier to use now. I was just at whole foods the other day and they have this wonderful fig jam out on display that is served with brie...it was so good.

OhioMom said...

Yum is right, cranberry relish sounds intriguing.

Robin Sue said...

Yay another fan of the log! Thanks for the mention too! I saw that chutney in Whole Foods, will have to try it out!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Try that brie with a little fig jam and you'll be amazed.
~ Oh, I see Dawn had the same idea.
Yummy is yummy!

RecipeGirl said...

I got a log I'm trying to figure out what to do with too :) But I didn't get those fun little accoutriments (sp?) that you did!!

My nephew is a chef, so I think I'll have him come up with something fun for Christmas Eve apps!

ovenhaven said...

Oh my, the mister would go crazy over that log! None for me, though. Hehe :P

Laura said...

You must add goat cheese to that list!

pat said...

melt it til sopftened, then top with honey and pecans, or apricot jam!..good stuff!

Pamela said...

LOVE Brie! So yummy and I could definitely polish off that log in no time!

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

My favorite way to have brie is with fig jam, in a hot pressed panini. Try it!

April in CT said...

I've recently found the beauty that is brie with apricot jam. My MIL pops a wedge of brie in the microwave for 45 seconds so it gets all gooey and we spread it on crackers with a little apricot jam on top. Heaven!

Mallory Elise said...

your jam to cheese ratio is quite nice as well :)

but feta and pepperjack? goat! goat cheese and jam!!!

Helene said...

I love any kind of cheeses. I also like to serve it with a good pepper jelly. Merry Xmas!

Lore said...

Oh the clouds of all cheese, the fluffy, delicate brie!

Gigi said...

I am cheese whore! There isn't a cheese I won't try :-p The cranberry relish sounds super yummy. I'll be on the look out for that.

Lorraine E said...

Ooh great stuff and I like your leaning tower of Brie! :)

Kim Layton said...

Everything on you site looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful holiday!

Heather said...

yeah, brie is one of my most favorite things in the world! glad you added it to your list. it's so good :)

Lisa said...

Super use of "the log." This is a great, quick, easy, fun, tasty appetizer for the holidays!

Nikki said...

I got all starry-eyes and giddy...I thought your brie was in a squeeze tube instead of a log. i'm still starry-eyed though--I love brie. Whenever people ask what to bring when they're coming to my house, I always say, "A wheel of brie" and no one has ever taken me seriously, but maybe they will when I show them your post.

The Blonde Duck said...

You're so generous to share! I would have been selfish and eaten the entire log myself! :)

Look for your sussy Monday!

Pam said...

Brie in a log! When did they start doing that??

Leslie said...

I have never seen brie in a log! Very cool

Ingrid said...

I've yet to try brie but I love all those others that you won't touch. I think think the only ones I don't like are American and "high stinky cheese"! LOL!
~ingrid

Lucy said...

I love Brie and have made it with cranberries it's a wonderful combination.

noble pig said...

I usually buy President brie in the round. I have found it is the only one that will not ooze out of my Puff pastry, the other expensive brands do. This sounds delicious!

Jody said...

this looks delish!

giz said...

Brie is entirely amazing. Soon you'll graduate to the Brie wheel, poke holes in it, put all kinds of delicious toppings on it and stick it in the oven - that's when you'll know you've gone to heaven.

Maryann said...

I like pepper jack too :)

Lori said...

Just about any kind of cheese is my friend. Except for maybe linburger. I just bought some Brie and that looks like a great combo!

Half Baked said...

I love brie! I probably wouldn't have been as generous as you and eaten the whole thing myself;) Love that cracker size log cool!!

anudivya said...

That looks yummilicious! And I love cheese anything!

MaryBeth said...

This does sound very interesting.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love brie, and your combination of flavors sound great!

Bunny said...

I wrapped brie in pastry puff last year for our Christmas party, I bet the brie would taste really good with cranberry relish in the pastry too!

Sara said...

I saw those cute brie logs at the store the other day. The only problem is that my husband and I don't like the rind, we always just scoop out the insides. Your appetizer sounds great!

Pam said...

LOVE IT! I love any kind of cheese but brie is one of my favorites. This is the perfect appetizer.

Peter M said...

(Gasp)that you'd turn your nose up at Feta...mon dieu!

LyB said...

Oh, I have some sour cherry jam that would be delicious with a good brie. Thanks so much for the idea, Grace!

lisaiscooking said...

Hooray for brie! I bet it was fantastic with that cranberry relish.

Katie said...

Brie is good but I have never seen it in that shape that is perfect for slicing. What a great idea!

Paula said...

I'm back again ... Just wanted to say thanks for pointing out the Brie Log by President. I had not seen it before reading your post, and was thrilled when I found it at Trader Joe's. I'll be slicing it up when company arrives tomorrow ... if the weather allows traveling to happen!

Albany Jane said...

Sweet, glad to have you on the brie wagon! (the wheels are actually rounds of brie)

My father in law made something with these once and was not at all happy with them. I think if you love the rind, this is perfect, but it won't melt as much. That said, they are super easy for canapes and the like!

Jude said...

ahh.. I want some brie, too. :)

Mrs. L said...

I've just recently started eating brie, not sure why I never liked it before. I'll have to look for the Presidents brand.

sunita said...

Happy holidays to you and yours, dear Grace :-)

Susan said...

Brie is also one of my favorite cheeses...of course, it never hurts when it's served with Stonewall Kitchen anything!

Emily said...

Yum! Love that cheese!

Sophie said...

Can you believe I've never tried brie or pepper jack?! Holy cow, looks like I'm missin' out :)!

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo yum. I've wanted to try one of the Stonewall Kitchen things for a while but they're expensive so I haven't.

Jaime said...

i love brie w/fruit preserves. now why didn't those folks offer to send ME some cheese? ;)

Kevin said...

I just recently started enjoying brie as well. It is really good baked.

Jeanne said...

Brie with sweet preserves is pretty close to heaven if you ask me... I tried pepper jack for the first time this Fall in Chicago (it's not big here in the UK...) and fell in love!